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Falmouth, MA Activities

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Boat cruises, whale watching, concerts, kayak and canoe tours, fishing, museums, art galleries & antiques, nature discoveries, theater, family fun


Calendar of Events Click here for full details


Falmouth Flag Day 5 K Run / Walk–  June 14, 2016

Outdoor Band Concerts & Movies

Free outdoor concerts are held each Thursday night, 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. July & August at the Harbor Band Shell, Marina Park, Scranton Ave., and each Friday night at the Margaret E. Noonan Park on Main Street from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  Bring lawn chair or blanket.

Movies under the stars! Family-oriented movies every Wednesday evening in July and August beginning at Dusk in Margaret E. Noonan Park.  Bring lawn chair or blanket.


Beaches

Falmouth has over 68 miles of coastline and 10 beaches, with an average summer water temperature of 70 degrees (the warmest on the Cape). We have over 12 miles of public beaches for you to enjoy.

There is a fee for parking. Beach Stickers can be purchased at the Ellen T. Mitchell Bath House at Surf Drive Beach from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday until June 21, then 7 days for the rest of the season.Beach-Robin_Paris
Photo © Robin Paris

Our Tip!
If you are driving to Old Silver Beach, get there as early as possible; the line forms early. Use the guide to find your next beach location….Please be Sun Smart!!!!

Best Sunsets

  • Schooner Liberte Sunset Cruise
  • Chapoquoit Beach, West Falmouth
  • Old Silver Beach, North Falmouth
  • The Knob at Quissett Harbor, Quissett

 

Boat Cruises/Charters

Patriot Party Boats
Falmouth Harbor to Nantucket Sound and Vineyard SoundFishing • Cruising • Water Shuttle
800-734-0088 or 508-548-2626
227 Clinton Ave., Falmouth, MA
www.patriotpartyboats.com

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Falmouth Harbor

Liberté, The Schooner –  Sail aboard this magnificent three-masted custom yacht. See historic homes and lighthouses of Woods Hole and Vineyard Haven. Sunset cruise; historical presentations; music, beverages.
508-524-9121

Patriot Party Boats Day sails, Fishing Trips, Martha’s Vineyard Shuttle
508-548-2626


Woods Hole

Ocean Quest – From mid-May to mid-October you’ll explore the ocean and learn about oceanographic science on a fun and informative cruise aboard a research vessel. Water Street, Woods Hole.
508-385-7656


Onset Bay Town Pier

Cape Cod Canal Cruises – Delightful cruises along America’s famous and picturesque Cape Cod Canal.  Enjoy one of several relaxing excursions, including Day, Sunset, Moonlight ‘n Music and Sunday Jazz cruises. Leaves from Onset pier in Wareham.
508-295-3883


Barnstable Harbor

Cape Cod Clambake Cruise – Full Clambake Dinner including Lobster aboard  Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises.
508-362-6088


Falmouth Tours

Guided Walking and Trolley Tours

Please see description and schedule at the Falmouth Historical Society website. 55 & 65 Palmer Avenue.
508-548-4857


Ferries

Falmouth Ferry Service – 278 Scranton Ave, Falmouth. 60 Minutes to Edgartown.
508-548-9400

Island QueenFalmouth Heights Rd., 30 Minutes to Oak Bluffs.
508-548-4800

Patriot Too Quickwater Ferry and Water Taxi service to Martha’s Vineyard.
508-548-2626

My Brother Charters – Water Taxi, Sight-Seeing and Fishing
774-836-7465

Steamship Authority – Woods Hole Dock. 45 Min. to Oak Bluffs & Vineyard Haven.
508-477-8600


Canoeing and Kayaking

Great Marsh Kayak Tourskayak tours through the Great Salt Marsh of Barnstable, Cape Cod.
866-452-9256

Cape Cod Kayak – Cummaquid Road, Falmouth
508-563-9377 

RideAway Kayak – Tours, Gear, Kayaks, Standup Paddle, Delivery
508-247-0827

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Fishing

  • Fishing is permitted from our many docks and bridges
  • Enjoy the excitement of surf casting from any of our beaches
  • A license is required for salt water recreational fishing in Massachusetts

Freshwater fishing licenses are required and can be purchased at local tackle shops.

Shell fishing permits are issued at Falmouth Town Hall (508-548-7611)


Bait, Tackle, Rod & Reel Repair, Licenses

Eastman’s Sport & Tackle – 150 Main St, E. Falmouth
508-548-6900

Falmouth Bait & Tackle Co.258R Teaticket Hwy, East Falmouth
508-457-0700

Green Pond Tackle & Marine   366 Menauhant Road, East Falmouth
508-540-0877

Harborside Sport & Tackle  56 Scranton Avenue, Falmouth
508-548-0143

R & R Marine  87A Water Street, Woods Hole
508-548-6976


fishing • cruising • water shuttle

PatriotPartyBoats

227 Clinton Ave., Falmouth, MA
800-734-0088 or 508-548-2626
www.patriotpartyboats.com
Falmouth Harbor to
Nantucket Sound and Vineyard Sound


Charter Fishing – Falmouth Inner Harbor on Scranton Avenue


Full day – Half day – Inshore/Offshore
Fishing the HOT SPOTS:
Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Monomoy & Cuttyhunk(No Salt Water license required for charter for charter fishing)


Obsession Sport fishing
Striped bass & bluefish
508-457-0499

My Brother Charters
Stripers, tuna, bluefish,
774-836-7465

 

Patriot Party Boats
Flounder, sea bass, scup, tautog, fluke
508-548-2626

Blue Fin2
Bass, blues, tuna,
508-457-9194

Sea Dog Sport Fishing
Bass, blues, tuna
508-524-3356

R & R Marine
Water Street, Woods Hole
508-548-6976


Boatyard Services

Bosun’s East Marina
1209 E. Falmouth Hwy. (Rt.28), E. Falmouth
508-548-2216

MacDougall’s Marine Services
145 Falmouth Heights Road, Falmouth
508-548-3146

Obsession Boat Sales and Marina
Green Pond, 366 Menauhant Road, East Falmouth
508-548-0877

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Hiking, Nature Walks & Wildlife

Our suggestions:

Hiking:

Beebe Woods – 387 acres of marked trails with paths. Access at the top of Depot Ave.Walking:
Shining Sea Bike Path: See biking. Newly Extended!
This now 10.7 pathway of extraordinary beauty traverses through a natural setting of salt marsh, cranberry bogs, ponds anKSF-Bike_Path-sm2d woodlands, to sandy shores and a busy working harbor. It’s the only bikeway on Cape Cod that has a section along the seashore.

Picnicking:

Goodwill Park has a fresh water pond (Grew’s Pond) for swimming with life guard.
Barbecue and picnic facilities/restrooms. Access from Gifford Street.

Nature Walks & Wildlife:

Ashumet Holly & Wildlife Sanctuary – 45 acres, nature trails, guided nature walks, bird watching, spring seal cruises, summer and fall cruises to Cuttyhunk Island. East Falmouth off of Rt. 151.
508-362-7475

Spohr Gardens7 acres. A once private garden now open to the public on Oyster Pond. Open all year round during daylight hours. Many identified specimen trees, flowers all season long but particularly outstanding in the spring for the daffodil display. Located at 45 Fells Road, Falmouth and can be reached from the Shining Sea Bike Path or the stop light on Woods Hole Road. Contact spohrgardens.org or call for more information.
508-548-0623

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve 2500 acres. Pine forest, salt marsh, special exhibits and programs. E. Falmouth off Rt 28.508-457-0495 For Maps & Directions to more Conservation walking areas, visit  www.300committee.org/maps.htm 

Teaticket Park- (new)   A new community park at the heart of Teaticket, Falmouth’s most densely developed village, Teaticket Park comprises nearly 11 acres of natural open space. The site of the former Joe’s Driving Range and mini-golf, a family business for more than 60 years, the park property is located on Teaticket Highway across from the Driftwood Plaza. Teaticket Park is owned and stewarded by The 300 Committee Land Trust, a private, non-profit organization that, since 1985, has helped preserve and protect more than 2,300 acres throughout Falmouth for conservation, recreation and water protection. Opening in the summer of 2013, Teaticket Park’s early features are a streetscape of trees and handicapped-accessible park entry pathways, with benches and mowed paths down into the meadow for walking visitors. A new parking area accommodates 20 cars. Phases 2 and 3 of the park creation will be installed later: completing the network of meadow paths, adding a boardwalk across the wetland and its sensitive habitat, and creating an observation platform, a picnic grove and an outdoor classroom area in the northeast corner adjacent to the Teaticket Elementary School.

Teaticket Park is a true community project that has relied on a wonderful collaboration of friends and neighbors, local businesses, the Town of Falmouth, the Teaticket Civic Association and The 300 Committee. Keeping it clean, well-maintained and welcoming will require continued support from the community. To join the volunteer stewardship crew for Teaticket Park, Please call (508) 540-0876 or email saveland@300committee.org.

Falmouth Golf Courses

Ballymeade Country Club – 125 Falmouth Woods Road off Rte.151 North Falmouth, 18 hole, par 72, pro shop, driving range, lessons, clubhouse
508-540-4005

Cape Cod Country Club – 48 Theater Drive, North Falmouth, 18 hole, par 71, lessons, restaurant
508-563-9842

Falmouth Country Club – 630 Carriage Shop Road, East Falmouth,  18 hole, par 72, clubhouse
508-548-3211

Paul Harney Golf Club – 74 Club Valley Drive, E. Falmouth, 18 hole, par 59
508-563-3454

Quashnet Valley Country Club – 309 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee, 18 hole, par 72, pro shop, lessons, driving range, restaurant
508-477-4412

Click here for additional information on Cape Cod golf courses...

Bowling

Ryan Family Amusements – Town Hall Square, Falmouth.  Candlepin and Bumper bowling, video games, driving & redemption games
508-540-4877


Biking, Roller Blading and Jogging

Shining Sea Bikeway  – Newly Extended 10.7 mile level path between North Falmouth, West Falmouth, Falmouth Village and Woods Hole. Scenic views of the coastline. Access points at Elm Road, Oyster Pond Road and Surf Drive. Parking at entrance on Locust Street and Depot Avenue Falmouth Old Dock Road, West Falmouth County Road, North Falmouth.

Cape Cod Canal 13 mile (round trip) level trail runs along the Cape Cod Canal from Bourne to Sandwich on the Cape side. Access the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area west of the Bourne Bridge.


Road Races in Falmouth

Links to Road Races in Falmouth (new)

www.falmouthflagday5k.org/Road_races_in_Falmouth.html


Bike Rentals

Art’s Bike Shop
91 County Road, Cataumet
508-563-7379

Corner Cycle
115 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth
540-4195

Holiday Cycle
465 Grand Avenue, Falmouth Heights
408-540-3549


Horseback Riding

Haland Stable
Trail Rides and lessons
Route 28A. West Falmouth
508-540-2552

DOG PARK
Falmouth Dog Park
-Upper Cape’s (only off leash park) open to all visitors free from dusk to dawn. Small & Large dog sections. “Your doggies are on vacation as well so bring them out to play”. Visit our website www.falmouthdogpark.com

Child’s Play
Mullen Hall Kindergarten’s Playground-
Slides & swings.  130 Katherine Lee Bates Road, Falmouth Village.


Tennis

Blacksmith Shop Road off route 28A West Falmouth

East Falmouth Elementary School Davisville Road

Falmouth High School – Gifford St. (1/2 mile north of Brick Kiln Rd.)

Falmouth Sports Center –  33 Highfield Drive, Falmouth
508-548-7433

Lawrence School – Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth

Nye Park – North Falmouth


Watersports Rentals & Windsurfing Lessons

Cape Cod Watersports & Rentals – Windsurfing, kayaks, sailboat rentals, rides and lessons. At Old Silver Beach, 350 Quaker Road, N. Falmouth.
508-801-3329


Cape Cod Watersports & Rentals – Windsurfing, kayaks, sailboat rentals, rides and lessons. At Old Silver Beach, 350 Quaker Road, N. Falmouth


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Click here for interactive tide charts

Whale Watching

No! You don’t have to go to Provincetown to see whales!  Enjoy a wonderful cruise while spotting the great whales of the North Atlantic.  Cruises average 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Informative commentary by a naturalist.  Great thing to do rain or shine! Hyannis Whale Watcher guarantees sightings and is less than 35 minutes from Falmouth:

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Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises – Barnstable Harbor, Barnstable.
The only mid-Cape whale watch and the Fastest Boat on Cape Cod.
The only mid-Cape whale watch and the Fastest Boat on Cape Cod.
800-287-0374

Adopt A Whale – The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.  7 Nelson Street, Plymouth, MA  02360.   WDCS is the global voice for the protection of whales, dolphins and their environment.  We work to reduce and ultimately eliminate the threats to whales, dolphins and their habitats, while also striving to raise awareness of these remarkable animals and the need to protect them in their natural environment.  Protect all whales by adopting one! Receive a photo of your whale and a personalized adoption certificate.
Call 1-888-MY-WHALE; 508-746-2522; or visit us on the web at www.wdcs.org North America.
800-548-8704


FAMILY FUN:
Cataumet Light Mini Golf
1370 Route 28A Cataumet, MA
Mini-Golf, Bumper Boats, Wiffle ball Batting Cage, Lazy Sundaes Ice Cream, Speed Pitching, Arcade and more.
508-326-8160

Carousel Of Light
A 32 horse and two chariot wooden carousel. All hand-carved  by local native Lance Shinkle. Located at the Mullen Hall School playground, 130 Katherine Lee Bates Rd. 11a.m. – 8p.m.

Color Me Mine
A paint-your-own ceramics studio may be the fun
you’re looking for. Rainy day or every day! 28A North Street, Mashpee Commons.
508-539-8500

Cape Cod Children’s Museum
577 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee
Exhibits include a 30 foot pirate ship, climbing structure, medieval castle, inflatable planetarium, frozen shadows and sand room.
508-539-8788

Water Wizz
Rtes. 6 & 28, Wareham (near Buzzards Bay)
Water park with giant flumes….child safe.
508-295-3255


FARMERS’ MARKETS

Falmouth Farmers’ Market – Thursdays, 12 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (May–October) Marine Park, Scranton Ave. Falmouth Harbor – local farmers and food artisans showing and selling their fresh veggies & fruits, herbs, plants, cheeses, smoked fish, freshly baked breads & goodies, coffees, vegetable and flower seedlings, cut flowers and more!

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My Favorite Photo Spots

Nobska Lighthouse, on Church Road, Woods HoleThe subject of countless photographs with a spectacular view of Vineyard Sound and Martha’s Vineyard.

Ashumet Holly Reservation & Wildlife Sanctuary, off Route 151, East Falmouth.
see Hiking, Nature Walks, and Wildlife

Liberte, The Schooner
This magnificent three-masted sailboat
cruises the coastline: Falmouth Heights, Woods Hole and Vineyard Haven, historic homes and lighthouses.
508-524-9121

Shore Street and Surf Drive – anywhere along the way Falmouth Inner Harbor – both sides


Route 28A, West Falmouth West Falmouth Harbor & Chapoquoit Beach Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich.


See Day Tripping

The Gingerbread Cottages – Cottage City, Oak Buffs, Martha’s Vineyard By Air

Bi Plane Rides at Cape Cod Airfield
Marstons Mills (Same as above)
Sightseeing flights in a 2 passenger Bi plane. “Breath-Taking” “Spectacular”
508-428-8732

By Sailboat  Liberté ~ The Schooner
Great way to view Falmouth from the sound on this 1750’s replica fishing schooner
508-548-2626

Bay Lady II
Two-hour sail around Long Point Light at the tip of the
Cape off of Provincetown
584 Commercial Street, Provincetown
508-487-9308

Nature Discoveries for the Family

Coonamessett Farm – Visit with animals, pick vegetables, herbs, berries & flowers, eat homemade foods at the cafe, rent a canoe and row Coonamessett Pond. Browse farm stand, general store/gift shop.
277 Hatchville Rd, E. Falmouth
508-563-2560

National Marine Fisheries Aquarium – Albatross & Water Street, Woods Hole
The oldest research aquarium in the country, Visitors can get behind the scenes and see how an aquarium works. “Touch” tanks are filled with starfish, crabs, lobsters and tautogs.
508-495-2001

National Marine Life Center, Inc.
Main Street, P.O. Box 269, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532-0269.
For rehabilitation and release of stranded whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles, and advancement of  scientific knowledge and education in marine wildlife health and conservation
508-743-9888

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
15 School Street, Woods Hole
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Exhibit Center features displays and videos about the research projects and activities of the institution. Visitors learn about the Institution’s ships, underwater robotic vehicles, marine instruments, and oceanographic discoveries such as the RMS Titanic.
A special at the center is a life-size model of the personnel sphere of Alvin, the Institution’s deep diving submersible.
508-289-2663

OceanQuest – Marine Education, Woods Hole.  Kids participate in marine research aboard a converted 60’ fishing vessel. Hands on learning of basic oceanography. Kids haul aboard traps and learn about local marine life.
Reservations:  800-376-2326

Adopt A Whale The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.  7 Nelson Street, Plymouth, MA  02360.   WDCS is the global voice for the protection of whales, dolphins and their environment.  We work to reduce and ultimately eliminate the threats to whales, dolphins and their habitats, while also striving to raise awareness of these remarkable animals and the need to protect them in their natural environment.  Protect all whales by adopting one! Receive a photo of your whale and a personalized adoption certificate.
Call 1-888-MY-WHALE; 508-746-2522; or visit us on the web at www.wdcs.org North America:  800-548-8704

Cape Cod Winery – Ox Bow Road, Falmouth.
Visit Falmouth’sown Vineyard and Winery. Open for wine sales and wine tastings May to October. Saturdays and Sundays 12 – 5 p.m.
508-457-5592

Antiques Clipper Ship Antiques of Falmouth
570 Teaticket Hwy, Teaticket
508-540-1738

Good & White
635 West Falmouth Hwy, West Falmouth
508-548-2772

Jacqueline’s Gifts & Antiques
123 Palmer Ave, Falmouth
508-548-4648

Village Barn Antique Coop
606 W. Falmouth Hwy, W. Falmouth
508-540-3215

Art Galleries Cape Gallery Framers
245 Main Street, Falmouth Village
508-548-5271

Cataumet Art Center
76 Scraggy Neck Road, Cataumet
508-563-5434

Downs Art Gallery
585 West Falmouth Hwy,  West Falmouth
508-548-5658

Falmouth Art Center
137 Gifford Street,  Falmouth
508-540-3304

Falmouth Framing & Art
311 Main Street, Falmouth Village
508-548-0424

Gallery 333
333 Old Main Street, West  Falmouth
508-564-4467

Karen Rinaldo Gallery
227 Clinton Avenue, Falmouth
508-540-6318

Kathy Sharp Frisbee Photography
Photos of Falmouth, Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

Local Colors
Water Street, Woods Hole
508-540-1185

Mimi’s Art and Reflexology
508-548-3278

Thomas J. O’Neill
2 N. Market Street, Mashpee Commons
508-477-5600

Jan Collins Selman Fine Art – 317 Main Street, Falmouth
508-457-5533

Woods Hole Gallery – 14 School Street, Woods Hole
508-548-7594

Woods Hole Handworks – 68 Water Street, Woods Hole
508-540-5291

Museums & Galleries

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Aptucxet Trading Post – Aptucxet Road, Bourne. The first commercial enterprise run by Pilgrims, featuring gardens, Grover Cleveland’s railroad station and a windmill. Open 10 am to 5 pm
508-759-9487

Cahoon Museum of American Art – 4676 Falmouth Road, Cotuit.
1775 colonial farmhouse; marine paintings by Ralph & Martha Cahoon
508-428-7581

Cape Cod Children’s Museum
577 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee
Exhibits include a 30 foot pirate ship climbing structure, medieval castle, inflatable planetarium, frozen shadows, and sand room.
508-539-8788

Falmouth Historical Society Museums and Colonial Garden – on the Village Green, Falmouth. The oldest historical society on Cape Cod.  Two historic houses, tours, lectures and events.
508-548-4857

Heritage Museums & Gardens
Pine and Grove Streets, Sandwich. Antique and classic cars, carousel, military and art museum, garden trails.
508-888-3300

Historic Highfield Hall – 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA. Open FREE to all visitors from April 1 to October 31 (Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm; Sunday 10 am-1 pm). In addition to touring the restored mansion, visitors are treated to at least one art exhibit at all times and, frequently there is a second exhibit in a smaller second floor gallery. Art, music, culinary, holiday and community programs and events year round.
508-495-1878

Katharine Lee Bates Birthplace
16 Main Street, Falmouth Village Green.  Homestead of author of “America The Beautiful”.  Her former home is not open to the public; please visit the website above for information on her life and works.

Old Indian Meeting House – Rt. 28, Mashpee.  1684 church originally used for Indian worship.
508-477-0208

Click here to find out more information about the Wampanoag Indians

Woods Hole Historical Museum – Woods Hole Rd., Woods Hole.  Village model, c.1895; guided walking tours; small boat museum; village archives.
508-548-7270

Theatre Broadway productions, classics, musicals, drama, and light comedy College Light Opera Co.Highfield Theatre, Depot Ave, Falmouth
508-548-0668

Woods Hole Theatre Co Water St, Woods Hole. Reservations only.
508-540-6525

Cape Cod Theatre Project  Call hotline for schedule & reservations.
508-457-4242

The Falmouth Theater Guild
Off Depot Avenue, Falmouth
508-548-0400

Bourne Family Summer Theater, Bourne
508-563-5162

Movies & Film  Falmouth Cinema Pub – “We love the burgers”  Falmouth Mall
508-495-0505

Falmouth Jewish Congregation Summer Film SeriesTuesdays
508-540-0602

Regal Mashpee 611 Steeple Street, Mashpee, Mashpee Commons
844-462-7342

Woods Hole Film Festival – Water Street, Woods Hole (Reservations only)
508-540-6525

Libraries

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Falmouth Public Library – Main Street, Falmouth
508-457-2555

East Falmouth Branch – 310 East Falmouth Hwy, E. Falmouth
508-548-6340

North Falmouth Branch – Chester Street, North Falmouth
508-563-2922

West Falmouth – 575 West Falmouth Hwy., West Falmouth
508-548-4709

Woods Hole Library – Woods Hole Rd., Woods Hole
508-548-8961

Book Stores     “Yes! Real book stores”  Eight Cousins Children’s Books – 189 Main Street, Falmouth Village
508-548-5548

Market Bookshop – 31 Market Street, Mashpee Commons, Mashpee
508-539-6985

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